The Daily Enterprise. (Enid, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 1, No. 44, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 8, 1893 Page: 4 of 4
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A COMMON HOUSE BAT.
18 QUICK TO LEARN AND IS AN
Fl/lnf Squirrel*, Mice, Alligators, Cham-
eleons, Turtles anil Horned Lizard*
Can Bv Tamed and Trained to Do
Tricks—Pets In Families.
Some of tho most pleasing pets aro
found among tho rodents, the little
fellows whoso teeth aro so trouble-
some and require bo much looking
after. There aro tho squirrels, to
begin with. Every ono is frolicsome,
noat, easy to tako caro of, and alto-
gether bewitching. A Bquirrol ot
any sort likes a warm bod, out of tho
reach of meddlesomo children, plenty
of nuts to oat, and liberty—for, like
everybody else, he hatos a cage.
The gray squirrel is tho most elegant
of tho tribo (unless we except tho
black, who is not so often scon), and
ho is intelligent and affectionato.
The rod squirrel is ono of tho most
lively of a wonderfully active family,
and is exceedingly lnventivo in
pranks. The chipmunk, though
frisky enough, is said to bo the least
interesting of his race, and tho Hying
squirrel is rathor quiet for ono of his
kind, and entertaining only at night.
As hinted above, uli rodents ro-
quire watching, for their toeth grow
rapidly, and something to gnaw is a
neoessity of their oxistonoo. This,
indeed, is ono reason why captivity
in a cage is so distasteful to thom—
it is impossiblo to securo sufllciont
oxerclse for their toeth. Tho whole
family is said to bo unusually fond of
music; somo of thom boeome so ab-
sorbed in listening io tho notos of an
instrument, or even to whistling,
that they lose consciousness of dan-
ger, and may bo caught without
trouble. I would not advise, how-
ever, that one's hand bo employed to
seize a squirrel, for ho might como
to his senses and use his teeth.
Another rodent, tho rat, is not
popular with pot-lovors in gonoral,
but persons who have ovorcomo tho
repugnance which our raeo fools for
his-rKrank Huckland, of Kngland, for
instanoe—insist that ho is, above all
other little animals, amusing and en-
tertaining. He is full of gambols as
a kitten and scrupulously neat in the
care of his person, washing and
brushing Ills fur as carefully as a cat.
Though not over-dainty In feeding
when he is wild and has to live by
his wits, he is particular and notional
to the last degree whon ho is cared
for and able to choose. The rat is
peculiarly amonablo to instruction
woll as oared for, its intelligence de-
velops and the boast becomes very
like the human being. Watched
with loving oyes, tho actions of tho
I pet are understood and rcspondod to,
and ono is surprised to see almost a
common languago established bo-
twoon tho two races. It is a won-
derful and beautiful study, and that
family has moro pleasure and real
companionship with its pets than any
other 1 know.
HOW HE HAD FUN.
Ho IM'loil a III I Wmpiin With Which
to Tackle u Clerk.
"You can't always toll how green
a man may be by tho color you may
think ho is," said tho drummer,
sontentiousiy, and the hotel clork
ran Ills oyos up in to interrogation
points, says tho Detroit Free Press.
"No,'' ho wont on, as if tho clork
had put his question into words.
••No, you can't. I wns in Now York
and ono night 1 went down to sloop
by tho sea."
"On a bench in Battery park?"
inquired tho disingenuous clork.
"Of course not," retorted the drum-
mer; "down at one of tho noar-by
seaside resorts. Well, as I was
saying, whon I got thoro and had
registered at ono of tho swoll hotols,
a country-looking citizen stepped up
and took my place before the book.
Ho wrote his name and lookod up at
tho dignified and imperious young
man behind tho counter.
'• '(lot any rooms, young follor,'
he said, 'fer about one dolyor per
•• 'Certainly not,' was tho haughty
and disgusted reply.
" 'How's your rates, anyhow?'
" 'Woll, you can got a suito for a
hundred dollars a day,' ho said with
tho air of one man oxpecting to see
tho other man drop dead.
" 'Good enough,' responded tho
countryman, without turning a hair,
'I'll tako that kind for five days and
pay in advance. Can you change a
bill for me?' and ho slapped down
a new thousand-dollar William that
must havo looked a yard long to the
clork. Whether it did or not ho
grow red in the face: said he'd have
to see tho landlord; couldn't raise
over a Hundred and fifty in change
to save his life that early in tho
season; and while lie was trying to
apologize tho countryman stuffed tho
bill in his pocket and wont across
the street to another hotel.
"That ovening I talked with him
on tho boach, and ho said ho was
nicely fixed at IS a day for a month.
Then he laughingly told mo that he
carried that bill along with him to
readily learns to perform tricks of H'"kr ''ighfalutln hotol clerks with,
all sorts, and, what muy soom most ■ iinc' ca"°d it a thousand dollar
singular In ono against whom every . Millie, because it knocked then
man's hand is raised, ho becomo'i
warmly attached to tho friend who
cares for him.
A winsome pet is tho common
brown mouse; and now 1 fancy I hear
the most vigorous protests from my
readers, who, though they do not
shriek and tuko rofugo on chairs and
tables like Howell's feminino charac-
ters, still havo a strong foeling of
distaste to him, writes Olive Thorne
Miller in Harper's Bazar. Nothing
can be imagined more dainty, grace-
ful and altogothor captivating than
the tricks and manners of this hum-
ble resident within our walls. Onco
allay tho poor littlo croaturo's fears
of his big, clumsy human persecutors,
and his delightsome qualities aro ap-
parent Frisky in movement, droll
in conceits and eccentric in action,
he Is a nevor-onding sourco of en-
tertainment. Moreover, ho is as
teachable as the rat, absolutely neat
in his ways and most loving to hiB
A singing mouse, which is not so
great a rarity as ono would suppose
from the newspaper fuss that is somo- i
times made over ono, has an added
attraction as a pet The singing is weak-chested women.
no doubt similar to thaj of tho mar- . Angry Husband—I am soirv I mar-
moBot. and resembles tho canary 1 r|ed you. An^ry Wife -Well, I'm sure
song a good deal smothered. | I nover asked you to. Husband is
ValchiK n Mountain fir an Ant-Hill,
South Africa Is tho homo of nil In
sect wrongly called the whito ant,
because early observers, noticing
that there was much in common in
its habits and thoso of tho ant,
thought that it belonged to the satno
family as the industrious littlo crea-
tures which Solomon eommendod to
the example of the sluggard. Tho
real name of tho insect is "Termes,"
and it is famous, among other things,
for the enormous nests which it
builds of clay. They are usually
about twelve feet high, but havo
boon known to reach thirty feet in
height, and so hard that mon and
largo animals climb them to view tho
country round. In time, too, they
aro covered with grass and other
vegetation. They aro tho shape of a
hugo sugar loaf, and, though they
have only ono main entrance, aro
full of galleries and nursories for tho
big families of the queon ant.
Flute-playing is recommended for
All thoso little creaturos should he
tamed and attached to people by
their affections, and not kept as pris-
oner in a cage. In tho former case
they dltpiay their peculiar charac-
teristics,and take porfoct euro of their
coat«, while in tho latter they require
"Are tho Chick weed girls in society?"
"I m—yes, they're in society, but
they're not really fashionable. They
arc too red and healthy."
To keep ice in the sick room over
„ v , night set tho pitcher on a newspaper,
constant watching and attention, and (father up tho ends, twist them tig-lit
show no individuality whatever. It and snap on a rubber band.
is not a pet that Is kept In a cage, it Mr. Nealove, visiting at the seaside
is a prisoner and a prisoner in his -My dear, please tell our daughter to
unnatural and unhappy life can never sing something less doleful Mrs. Sea-
alTord much pleasure. | ,ove_That „„t om. (lllter Thut
\\ hatever beast is kept it should Is the fog-horn
have its own quarters, in which it is ••u„ii ...i , i . .• i .
at home and froe from intrusion and • i! . y v" tlle
'"'Mision, and , u(nv neighbors who have moved in
to which it can retire when it
chooses. Tho home should bo kept
clean and sweet by frequent changes
of bedding and the uso of sonp and
water. No one hos a right to koep
an animal in confinement who finds
it top inuoh trouble to attend to Its
health and comfort. It should be
regularly fod on food that is most
healthful for it, and what is quito as
essential to its happiness and conse-
quently to its health, it should he
talked to and noticed as much as
anybody. I am certain many ani-
mals and birds suffer and die in our
homos from pure loneliness and from
being regarded by their human
next door, Mrs. Pryer?" "1 haven't
had a chance to form an opinion.
They haven't had a wash day yet"
Silver-topped scent bottles, with a
lock nnd key attachment, aro now
innde ostensibly for the purpose of
preventing evaporation, but really to
prevent pilfering on the part of sisters
Marie Henrietta, the handsome nnd
soft-voiced queen of the Belgians, is
especially foncl of driving, and does it
particularly well. She also rides well,
talks well, and is an uncommonly
Miss Oldtiiner—You play tennis very
neighbors as creatures of an alto- ! for one who has played so little,
gether different nature. Whereas Newcomer Thanks. I shall be
the truth Is. if one will but cultivate trla<l when I can play as well as you
their acquaintance, he will bo as- do; ,mt 1 suppose It takes years and
tonlshed to see how the dullest nnd years of practice.
most stupid will wnko out o[ Its ap-
parent torpor and show understand-
ing and character.
J know a family v rjr fond of pets,
in which the creatures show most
extraordinary individuality. Their
cats do things no eat was ever known
to dot their parrots tnd othor birds
show what we call human nature in
a wonderful degree, aud their dogs
almost talk. The reason is plain;
tho animal or bird is made one of the
family, it is talked to and potted us
4 ho shah of Persia carefully treas-
ures an heirloom In the shape of a
small cube of gold literally covered
with Oriental letters and characters.
It is said to have fallen from huavon
during Mohammed's time.
Women shoeblacks have l^en mnk-
Ing their appearance In increasing
numbers lately in Toulon and other
French towns, tidy and coquettish
girls, who wear gauntlet gloves in
their efforts to outshine their male
com peti tors.
A LAUGH PARTED THEM.
THE ESTRANGEMENT BETWEEN
BOOTH AND IRVING.
An Umlucky Accident—Irving Thought
llnotli l. . nglieri at Him When the
Former Met With h Trying: r>tnjf«
Xl-n.ip -ltooth'w Apology.
Oharles Ixjonard Fletcher, the
dramatic Instructor, told a New York
ltocorder reporter an interesting
story confirming the boliof enter-
tained by a few that an estrangement
had for somo years partod Edwin
Booth and Ilenry Irving.
"Mr. Booth, said he, "had an inti-
mate fi'lpnd In New York with whom
ho was in continual correspondence
whllo he was playing in London at
ihe Princess' theater in November,
1 HMO, and while appearing in con-
junction with Mr. Irving at the Ly-
ceum theater, London, in May, 18X1.
I'pon Mr. Booth's return from
Berlin, where ho played an extended
engagement,, supported by a German
company, in January, INKS, ho bo-
camo Mr. Irving's guest and was
splendidly entertained. Then and
thoro an episode took place which
was the direct cause of the bitternoss
that oxistud between the eminont
actors, and which lasted until Mr.
"It soems thut while Mr. Booth
was enjoying tho hospitality of Mr.
Irving he occasionally witnessed
some of Mr. Irving's performances
at the Lyceum theater. Ono even-
ing Mr. Booth occupied a stage box
with u party of acquaintances. Tho
bill presented was Dumas' Corsican
Hrothora, in which Mr. Irving ap-
peared as the twin brothers Fabian
and Louis del Franchi. In the last
act there occurs a very exciting
duel scone botween Louis del Franchi
and his bitterest enemy, M. Chauteau
Kenaud. Tho latter is supposed to
break his foil in the struggle that
ensued by accident, and tho former,
desiring to continue the combat on
equal grounds, breaks his own foil
and commands his adversary to go
on with tho light in thepe words: 'I
have! maelp .Mwm equal. Tako up
that fragment and let us try onco
moro.' in this fashion tho duet is
"iI course tho duelists are brought
in closer contact with each other by
this manner of fighting. Just before
the end of this part of the duel on
that particular evening Mr. Irving
accidentally wounded his opponent
in the eye with tho point of his bro-
ken sword, producing an ugly wound
and causing the man to faint away
almost instantly. Of course Mr. Irv-
ing was in a quandary. Ho did not
dare to wait for tho injured" man to
rocover, nor could ho in any way con-'
tiniie tho sceno alono until the end
of tho act, so ho immediately ordered
tho curtain lowered. As it fell some
ono of Mr. Boi tli's party laughod
audibly, loud enough, in fact, for
both Mr. Irving and the audience to
"The performance wont on aftora
few minutes' delay. Mr. Booth did
not see Mr. Irving after the perform-
ance, as ho went to his apartments,
littlo dreaming of tho news he would
receive in tho early morning. The
laugh which was heard at that pecul-
iar moment did not impress Mr.
Booth as anything out of the way,
and he gavo it no further thought
until ho received a very severe letter
from Mr. Irving, in which he aocuscd
Mr. Booth of having insulted him
publicly by laughing at the accident
of tho evening boforo. Ho took oc-
casion to uso somo strong language
in his accusation,and said in closing:
•You aro liko tho rost of your coun-
trymen—void of tho first principles
of a gentleman.'
"Mr. Booth immediately wrote a
very polite and apologetic letter ex-
plaining the occurrence, and assured
Mr. Irving, in the kindliest manner
possible, that it was not he wh•>
laughed, but a member of bis party,
and that the expression of merri-
ment was not directed to the acci-
dent which took place on the stage,
but to something which occurred
among the party; that he would soe
that the person who really did tho
laughing should send Mr. Irving an
"But, as Mr. Booth explains in an-
othor letter written a few days later
to the same friend, Mr. Irving never
acceptod tho apoloiry or even
answered his letter. Mr. Booth ox-
prossed himself as believing that Mr.
Irving would never be convinced that
it was not ho who laughed; that ho
felt deeply grieved over tho matter,
and asked his correspondent, 'What
else could I do? If Mr. Irving re-
fuses to accept my explanation 1 shall
always regret it.' Ho was, howover,
determined not toolTer any apologies,
and he never did.
"In tho following October Mr. Irv-
ing made his first American appear-
ance at the Star theater in this city.
Ho remained in this country four or
live months, but during tho entire
time no communication of any sort
was known to pass between them.
"Mr. Booth, as all know, was of an
exceedingly gentle disposition, and
if it had been In his power to have
averted the estrangement he would
quickly havo done so, but, as ho him-
self Inquired, what, under tho cir- |
cnmstancos, oould ho do?"
Keep Your Itouk* Cool.
The bindings of books in galleries
perish from hoat, and the higher
bookB are above tho lloor the more
active is this destructive agency.
Leather is an animal tissue and will
not, like linen, cotton, paper ami
other vegetable substance*, sustain
without Injury a 'ilgher temperature
than we find agreeable to live in.
Books cannot live where men cannot
live. In excessive heat ilie leather
of bindings slowly consumes, and its
life deports. Tho sulphurous resid
uum of gas combustion is also said
to lie injurious to bindings. Books
should, therefore, be shelved in the
coolett part of the room, and whore
tho air is never likely to be over-
heated, which is near the floor, where
we ourselves live and move. In pri-
vate libraries a mistake is often made
in carrying the shelving of book-
cases so high that they enter the
upper and overheated stratum of air.
If anyone is skeptical on this point
lot him test, by means of a step-
ladder, the condition of the air noar
the ceiling of his common sitting-
room on a winter evening, when the
gas is burning freely. Tho heat is
simply insufferable.—The Bookworm.
THE HORSE BALKED.
The Alan Who Owned It and What He
"Well, I hope I shall never see
such a sight again as long as I live?"
exclaimed a flushed faced pedestrian
as he swung himself into a Detroit
street car on Columbia street.
"What was it?" asked throe or four
mon In chorus.
A man was driving through Colum-
bia street when his horse suddenly
balked. He got down to lead the
animal but it was no uso. He took a
base ball bat out of his buggy and
stood off and "
"Killed the poor brute at a blow,
the bruto!" shouted ono as tho nar-
"No, not that. Ho changed his
mind and returned the bat to the
carriage. It was noar a carpentei
shop and ho asked a boy to bring
liiin out an armful of shavings.
Whon he got them ho "
"Placed them under tho horse and
set tiro to them! Ho ought to bo
sent to state prison!"
"No, ho didn't do that. A now idea
seemed to strike him, and ho sent
the shavings back and took out a
wicked-looking knife. I was about
to speak to him when he-—"
"Why, you ought to have hit him
on the oar! A man who will stab a
horse deserves no pity!"
"Ho didn't stab him."
"Cut his throat?"
"Oh, no. I was about to speak to
him when ho tied the horso to a tree
and walked off."
"But where does tho dreadful sight
como in - tho blood —- tho dying
agonies?" was asked.
"The dreadful sight was in seeing
the expression on that horse's face
as ho realized what a fool ho had
made of himself. Astonishment,
chagrin, solf-conaemnation,regret "
"Oh,—!" said the four or five
listeners all togother as thoy turned
away, and that hurt tho man's feel-
ings and he wouldn't say another
Six Years After.
A young man and a young woman
lean over tho front gate. They are
lovors. It is moonlight. He is loath
to leave, as the parting is tho last.
He is about to go away. They swing
on the gate. "I'll never forget you,"
he says, "and if death should claim
mo my last thought will be of you."
"I'll be true to you," she sobs. "I'll
never see anybody else or love them
as long as I livo." They part. Six
years later he returns. His sweet-
heart of former years lias married.
Thoy meet at a party. She lias
changed greatly Between the
dances tho recognition takes place.
"Let me see," sho musos, with her
fan beating a tattoo on her protty
hand, "was it you or your brother
whom 1 used to know?" "Really, I
don't know,"he says. "Probably my
Wine Surgeon# of China.
Liko most things in China, the
practice of surgery diffors considera-
bly from that in vogue in less en-
lightened Western countries Bono
setting in the colestial empire is a
complicated affair, and doubtless
much moio efficacious than l'.uropean
methods. In sotting a fractured
limb the surgeon does not attempt to
bring tho bones together, but merely
wraps the limb in rod clay, inserting
some strips of bamboo into the clay.
These strips are swathed in bandages,
and in the outer bandage tho head of
a livo chicken is placed. Herecomes
in the superior science of tho celes-
tial. After the bandage has been
secured the fowl is beheaded and its
blood is allowed to penetrate tho
fracture, for it nourishes tho frac-
tured limb and is "heap good mcdi-
Circumstances Alter Cases.
• And sho rejected you?"
"And you are going to commit
"Ah, you still havo hope, then—
going to try again?"
"But you told mo you couldn't
livo without her."
"Yes, it was true at that time, but
I've had an inheritance of my own
since then "
Yes. She Had a Heau.
"Is nnyono waiting on you?" asked
a polite Hoor-walker of u timid
maidun from Port t'hostor in a Har-
lem dry goods ompovluin recently.
"Yes, sir," replied tho uwkwfrd
damsel, pointing to tho door and in-
dl atlng a still more bashful youth.
••That's him. IIo's kopping com-
pany with mo, but he's afraid to
come in."—N. Y. Herald.
A Change for the Better.
Cray—Harris is said to have beeu
a model prisoner while he was in jail.
He never gave anybody any trouble.
Hogan—Well, then. it. wasn't such
a bad idea "sending him to jail. He
never male that kind of a citizen
while ho .vas outside—VpjiHS Sitt-
ABOUT THIEVING BEES.
SPECIES THAT RECUSE TO
WORK FOR A LIVING.
The Carpenter Uee That Disk into Wood
.—The Cuckoo Ilee Is an Inveterate
Tiller—Other Iniect. That Prey on
Honest Working Hees.
How doth the busy little bee
Improve each shining hour!
He cut hers sweets through ail the day
From every opening flflwer
Bat there are other kinds of bees
than those that have comfortable
homes provided for thom by kind
folks—who steal their honey. There
are several families of them who
have to go out and scratch around
for themselves if they want homes.
The bee has a hard time of it alto-
It has made a reputation for itself
and has to livo up to it So it must
work and work, building houses and
providing for its young, and all the
time imposed upon by a crowd of
lazy insects that prey upon it, eat
the food that it collects, tako up
room in Us dwelling and pay no
rent. Some of tho ungrateful crea-
tures even eat the eggs or the young
One of the worst of these squatters
is called the "stylops." It is a curi-
ous looking thing, with a sort of web
foot in the rear. It lives on the
body of the boe until its young are
hatched, and then goes with the bee
into the nest, where they feed on the
young bees. The creature, when
full grown, is about a quarter of an
There are scores of other parasites
that bees have to support. One of
them is curiously like the bumble
bee—or humble bee—itself.
This tramp lives in the coll of tho
bee, and has a good time eating the
food which the poor buzzer has col-
lected. There are others that look
so nearly like their unwilling beasts
that they can scarcely be told apart.
One of tho most interesting kinds
of bee is the carpenter, which bores
tunnels in solid wood as easily as
though provided with a gimlet of
steel. This busy fellow is about as
large as a bumble bee, but is not
quite as hairy. The littlo worker
bores through about a quarter of an
inch a day with its sharp jaws, that
tear the wood into line shreds.
At first it goes across the grain of
tho wood, but as soon as a tunnel as
long as its body is bored it turns at
right angles and bores with tho
£rain. Some of the tunnels are
eighteen inches long. You can cal-
culate for yourselves how long it
takes this busy little carpenter to dig
out Its nest, which it is preparing for
Sometimes there are two tunnels,
parallel, and they always run in each
direction from the opening. It is
thought that sometimes these tun-
nels are used year after year. If the
bee cannot find an old one it starts in
at onco to build a now one.
As a rule tho tunnels are about a
third or a half inch in diameter, but
some old ones have been found an
inch wide. This is thought to be duo
to the bees of a later soason scratch-
ing out tho walls to get material for
tho partitions with which the colls
When an egg has been deposited
on the ball in the end of the tunnel
the bee makes a cell by wadding it
up with the bits of wood scraped
from the sides, stuck together with
a sort of glue that comes from the
mouth of tho bee. Those partitions
look very much like light-colored gun
wads, and tho cells aro always just a
little larger than the balls.
As tho egg hatches and the bee
worm grows it cats away at the
pollen all through the winter. Along
in the early spring, some time in
March, the bees have developed into
creatures with wings, and begin to
cut their way out of the tunnels,
breaking down the partitions and
crawling to tho opening, where they
begin their life among the flowers.
There is a pretty little green bor-
ing bee known as the ceratina that
chooses tho softer kinds of work in
its nest making. Its jaws will not
stand tho hard labor of gnawing out
tho tough fibers of wood, so it bores
into the pith of such shrubs as black-
berry, elder and syringa.
The cells are little less than half
an inch long and about a sixth of an
inch wide. There arc about live
cells in each tunnol, one for each
egg, and tho dirt partitions are as
smooth and regular as il mado with
plaster and a trowel by a mason.
'I he females of this family live a
year, but the males only exist for a
few days in tho form that we know
tliem as bees.
All theso bees that bore into places
to deposit thoir eggs are known as
wild bees, and do not livo together
in swarms, like tho honey bees that
give us such delicious sweets. They
are quite different in appearance, as
a rule, but there is ono family that
resembles tho honey boe very closely.
It is known as tho "ground bee,"
because it makes its home by boring
lu the earth.
This bee begins digging quite
early in the spring, when the soil is
dry. It goes at tho ground with its
spadeliko jaws and busy foet with a
restless energy, and soon has a hole
about six inches doop sunk in the
dirt. A littlo pi 1 o of sand on tho
outside marks tho opening, and it is
hard to tell the hole of the ground
boo from the ant hill.
She digs with her jaws and throws
out the dirt with her logs. Tho fore
feet aro used Uko hands, to pass the
load to the hind feet, and the bee
runs backward and dumps the dig-
ging on tho pile outsido. The cells
are dug sideways oft from tho main
shaft, which goes straight down.
The first egg H laid on a pollen
ball in the upper cell, and so on.
The bee propares the pollen inside
of the cell^ kneading it into balls
just as bakery knead bread dough.
When the bee flies home she does
not go straight in, for she knows
that there are enemios on the watch
to steal the pollen and the eggs. So
she hovers about and flies hither and
thither without coing very near tho
hole. Suddenly she settles down
some feet from her front door and
walks as fast as she can to her home.
Thus sho puts the beetles and othoc
tramp bug's off the track.
The habit of the cuckoo in squat-
ting in the nests of other birds Is
well known, and there is a bee known
as the "cuckoo bee" that never digs
or bores for herself, but hunts around
for the nice homes of ground bees
that it can enter and occupy. So it
is with certain kinds of beetles and
other bees, that Bneak into the bur-
rows and lay their eggs there.
Thus it is that sometimoB when
the young crawl out of holes that
were bored by ground bees in the
spring they aro just as apt to be
beetles or cuckoo bees as anything
The Cossack soldier in the winter
time is obliged to sacrifice every
other consideration to that of resist-
ing the deadly cold of the steppeB.
There is a belief among them that
their entrance to heaven will be
easier if they are personally clean,
so that a scrupulous toilet is made
before any chance of an encounter,
but this neatness is not apparent at
first glance, lor they are bundled up
in groat coats of sheepskin or foat-
skin, with a great pointod hood.
Clumsy mittens conceal their hands,
and wisps of straw aro bound around
thoir feet. The officer looks exactly
like the private. The Cossacks made
their first campaign with Russian
soldiers in 1638. Tho Cossacks now
in the Russian army number 15),448,
exclusive of those incorporated with
the field troops.
Tamil (iothum Sparrows.
The sparrows and tho people are
on very friendly terms on the west-
orn boulevard. It is not an unusual
sight to see a group of children
throwing crumbs to their feathered
friends and the little birds seom at
times actually fearless of their small
human playmates. Early in the
morning some of the fire escapes are
covered with swarms of sparrows.
By and by the window is opened and
a lady appears with something in her
hand. Instantly thero arises a wild
chattering and tho birds settle all
over the lady, fighting each other to
see who will get coveted crumbs
first.—New York Times.
Gave Herself Away.
"What nonsense this all is about
men getting on their knees when
they propose," said Mrs I'arslow to
her dear friend. ".My husband didn't
do any such absurd thing when ho
asked me to marry him."
"He did whon he proposed to you,'
said the dear friend, without think-
WHAT REPORTERS REPORT.
A pet flea has been known to live
The population of New York state
Is greater than the entire population
The total number of American news-
papers has grown from 5,319 to 20,000
druring the past twenty-live j'eas.
There are 577 different editions of
the bible in the public library of
Stuttgart, printed in over 100 different
The queen of Italy has founded a
society for the reform of street chil-
dren by teaching them some useful
The "Ears to Ear" bible, published
by the Oxford l'ress in 1«10, has this
curious verse: "Who hath ears to ear,
let him hear."
The loss on Tremont temple, in Bos-
ton, which was destroyed by fire, has
beeu adjusted by the board of arbi-
trators at 8114,000.
On his own affidavit the riding
weight of Hilly Bolton of Kansas,
who Is the champion wheelman of his
class in America, is 315 pounds.
A Georgia editor recently bought a
bicycie, so that lie might run down
delinquent subscribers; but the sheriff
levied on the bicycle, and is now run-
ning down the editor.
The only member of tho British
royalty who does not pay postage is
the duke of Cambridge, exemptod
as commander-in-chief. All the others
have to put up their stamps.
In some parts of Central and South
America a single firefly gives so much
light that It illuminates a wholo room.
The English residents catch them in
order to find the match-box or lamp.
A New Yoru woman has been
awarded ?",000 damage* (or injuries
received in 1887, when an intoxicated
car conductor forced her into a seat
when sho asked to be let off the car.
New \ork's Madison Square garden
cost £4,000,000, and is not a gold mine
If the stockholders can sell for 81,000,•
000 they will think themselves well
out of it. Never a dividend has been
A sign in front of a store at George-
town, Maryland, bears this inscription:
"Born with a brain within a brain I
can kurc enny kind of mlserv in a
short time with only the best e'rbs to
Warren county, North Carolina, has
the smartest hog. During forest fires
lately this hog saw the flames ap-
proaching her bed of straw, In which
was her young brood. She rooted out
a hole near the bed, deposited her pigs
in it and then laid down over them
The fire passed over, singln-- the hair
of the old porker, but the little squeal-
ers were anfa
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